Research fellow and PhD student, Faculty of Law
The focus of Jeanne's research was on the regulation of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in New Zealand. PGD is an assisted reproductive procedure which was initially developed to enable the diagnosis of potentially serious genetic mutations in at-risk embryos created using in vitro fertilisation.
Jeanne examined applications of PGD which are either uncertain under the current law or are effectively prohibited. This included PGD for some susceptibility disorders, preimplantation exclusion testing for Huntington Disease and PGD to test for non-disease characteristics in an embryo that may be beneficial for an existing sibling i.e. HLA tissue typing in the case of 'saviour siblings'.
The Faculty of Law website has more information on Jeanne's work.